What does merciless mean?

Definitions for merciless
ˈmɜr sɪ lɪsmer·ci·less

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. merciless, unmercifuladjective

    having or showing no mercy

    "the merciless enemy"; "a merciless critic"; "gave him a merciless beating"


  1. mercilessadjective

    showing no mercy; cruel and pitiless

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mercilessadjective

    Void of mercy; pitiless; hard hearted; cruel; severe.

    Etymology: from mercy.

    His mother merciless,
    Most merciless of women Wyden hight,
    Her other son fast sleeping did oppress,
    And with most cruel hand him murdered pitiless. Fa. Qu.

    The foe is merciless, and will not pity. William Shakespeare.

    Think not their rage so desperate t’ essay
    An element more merciless than they. John Denham.

    What God so mean,
    So merciless a tyrant to obey! John Dryden, Juvenal.

    Whatever ravages a merciless distemper may commit, she shall have one man as much her admirer as ever. Alexander Pope.

    The torrent merciless imbibes
    Commissions, perquisites, and bribes. Jonathan Swift.


  1. merciless

    Merciless refers to someone or something showing no kindness, compassion, or forgiveness, particularly in instances where these qualities could be considered as warranted. This term generally implies a certain level of harshness or severity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mercilessadjective

    destitute of mercy; cruel; unsparing; -- said of animate beings, and also, figuratively, of things; as, a merciless tyrant; merciless waves


  1. Merciless

    Merciless is a Swedish death/thrash metal band. The band was formed during the summer of 1986 in Strängnäs, Sweden by Erik Wallin, Fredrik Karlén and Stefan Carlsson. They were inspired of the early fast-playing bands such as Kreator, Sodom, Destruction and Bathory. First they did some local gigs as "Obsessed" and "Black Mass" but changed their name to Merciless in early 1987. A demo was recorded titled Behind the Black Door, which led to the replacement of Kåle by Rogga in early 1988. With this line-up they recorded a second demo Realm of the Dark in June 1988. This demo drew the attention of Deathlike Silence Productions - the label of Euronymous. That label released their debut album The Awakening in March 1990. Their second album The Treasures Within was recorded in June and July 1991 but it was not released until a year later due to the mismanagement of their new label Active Records. This delay cause the departure of drummer Stipen who was replaced by Peter Stjärnvind in February 1992. In September 1993, after Scandinavian tour, they recorded their third album with Dan Swanö at the Unisound studios and was released by No Fashion Records. In 1994, the band broke up because of disillusionment with record labels, but got back together in 1995 to record the song "Cryonics" for the Slayer tribute album. In 1999, their debut album was re-issued by Osmose Productions, which eventually led to the reinstallment of the band. In May 2002, they entered the studio to record the successor to their 1994 album, simply named Merciless.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of merciless in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of merciless in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of merciless in a Sentence

  1. President Francois Hollande:

    France will be merciless towards these barbarians from Daesh.

  2. French President Francois Hollande:

    If some soldiers behaved badly, I will be merciless, if this information is confirmed, there will be exemplary sanctions.

  3. Lakshheish M Patel:

    Sensex may close today at 50890. Remain alert for share price fall in the last half an hour. Stock market is merciless because of corporte cos money sucking tricks

  4. Proverb:

    Government is merciless

  5. Lakshheish M Patel:

    Reliance will touch probably at Rs. 2365 and NALCO at Rs.68 today. Time to get out of it . Stock market is merciless and all business news channels may be shut down within a year if market does not revive within a month

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    an unfortunate mishap; especially one causing damage or injury
    A rateables
    B assortment
    C deterioration
    D accident

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